Over 14,000 birds dead in Peru after bird flu outbreak

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The current outbreak began in Canada and has already killed record 50 million birds after spreading south 

After first issuing a health alert a week ago, the government is Peru has today announced that H5NI avian flu has killed around 14,000 birds in the country. According to a report by Euronews on Thursday, December 1, the death toll includes several species of birds such as pelicans, blue-footed boobies and other seabirds.   

The first cases of the present outbreak, were reported after three pelicans were detected with the H5N1 virus in the country. Since then, according to the National Forestry and Wildlife Services of Peru, thousands have been found along the coastal areas.  

The report also said, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had earlier issued a warning to countries in South and Central America to be on high alert. FAO had said, there was a high probability of the viral spread due to migratory birds.  

The present outbreak of bird flu started in Canada. Since then, it has been spreading south  after after outbreaks in the U.S. According to the report, has already killed a record 50 million birds in the region.

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